A dead father, a sex-trafficked daughter, and a cunning killer hiding deadly talents in apparent suicide.
From award-winning author Pamela Crane comes a terrifying tale of small-town secrets and murder.
Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she watched her little sister die in a tragic accident. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, Ari stumbles through life…and into an unlikely clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental.
A psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-enslaved escapee who suspects foul play in her father’s death. In a pursuit of justice, Tina drags Ari into playing a dangerous game with a killer.
Faced with a murderous wake-up call, and desperate to salve her conscience, Ari’s investigation fuels the killer’s desire to see her dead.
Will Ari find closure and stop a killer, or make those she loves suffer more?
The Art of Fear is told in chapters that swap between a couple of the characters but mainly focus on Ari and the days counting down to her death. I found it weird that the chapters tell the reader how many days were left until Ari’s death. Something totally new on me and didn’t know quite what to make of it at first. The further into the story I got though and the more I got to know Ari, I really got to like her and I knew without a doubt I didn’t want her to die.
Ari has a really interesting past. Growing up with the burden of her sisters death has left Ari damaged. I wanted to reach out to her quite a lot through out the novel. I loved her relationship with Tristan and was glad she had someone like him on her side. I think meeting Tina gives Ari a purpose in life which was great apart from it leading into dangerous territory.
The Art Of Fear is a dark and gripping read. Steeped with lies and secrets that build up to to a satisfying end, this is a definite must read for thriller fans.
My thanks to TAsT Publicity for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Art of Fear is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.
Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him!) and she writes on the edge. Her characters and plots are her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and the masochist in her thrives off of hurting her characters to create an entertaining tale.
She is the author of several best-selling and award-winning thrillers. To pick up a copy of a FREE book and other prizes, or to find out more about her chaotic existence, visit her website at www.pamelacrane.com.